Thursday, September 26, 2019

Stinson 108-3, N6533M: Accident occurred September 25, 2019 near Nikolai Creek Airport (9AK3), Tyonek, Alaska

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Tyonek, AK
Accident Number: ANC19TA055
Date & Time: 09/25/2019, 1900 AKD
Registration: N6533M
Aircraft: Stinson 108
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 25, 2019, about 1900 Alaska daylight time, a tailwheel-equipped Stinson 108 sustained substantial damage due to a loss of control after takeoff from a remote backcountry airstrip about 11 miles southwest of Nikolai Creek Airport (9AK3) in Tyonek, Alaska. The private pilot received serious injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight was destined for Soldotna Airport (SQX), Soldotna, Alaska.

The pilot stated that the wind prior to the accident was 20 to 30 knots from the west, directly down the 1,000 ft airstrip. The pilot performed a short field takeoff with one notch of flaps selected. During the initial climb, the airplane rolled rapidly left and the pilot lost control of the airplane about 50 ft above ground level. The airplane descended and impacted trees and terrain about 150 ft beyond the airstrip. The right wing and fuselage sustained substantial damage. Both occupants egressed successfully, and the pilot called for rescue on a satellite phone. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center dispatched a helicopter crew who rescued the survivors about 2200 and transported them to a local hospital.

The pilot stated that the wind likely diminished during a critical phase of the climb out, and due to the slow airspeed, the left wing stalled resulting in an uncontrolled left roll and the subsequent loss of control. He also stated that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stinson
Registration: N6533M
Model/Series: 108 3
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAEN, 92 ft msl
Observation Time: 0253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 31 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / 0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Tyonek, AK
Destination: Soldotna, AK (SXQ) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:1 Minor 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 60.978889, -151.892222 (est)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Alaska State Troopers say a plane crashed while taking off near the McArthur River, on the west side of Cook Inlet.

AST says 65-year-old Michael Eugene Beckwith called reporting he had crashed his plane, a Stinson 108-3.

Troopers say this happened around 7:16 pm Wednesday night.

Both Beckwith and his passenger were hurt.

A helicopter from the Rescue Coordination Center with the Alaska Air National Guard was mobilized and took the two injured and transported them to the hospital in Anchorage.

The exact extent of the injuries and the cause of the crash are not known at this time.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

  1. The helicopter rescue bill will be worth more than the airplane.